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PM says economy is top priority in address to the nation

Maya Taylor




Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says reviving the country’s economy is the top priority of his administration. In an address to the nation, he says the current global economic crisis, a fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic, is likely to continue until the end of 2021, with Thailand’s economic performance inevitably connected to that of the rest of the world. He points out that only when the economies of other countries start to bounce back, can Thailand’s do the same.

He says his administration is now focused on getting the country back on its feet and ready to thrive once the worst of the pandemic is over. He adds that for this reason, he has invited outsiders with the necessary knowledge and expertise to join his cabinet. In introducing the new ministers, he says the recruits are from a cross-sector selection of society, who will work with him on a programme he’s calling, “Thais Unite to Build the Nation.”

The PM adds that he plans to meet with all sectors and offer them an opportunity to share how they believe the government should help them. He adds that he hopes to see Thai people of all political beliefs come together, setting aside partisan differences, and uniting to help the country.

“This us and them mentality should not exist in the present world. We must look forward to the future. The future is for people who are now 15, 20 or 30 years old. The most important thing today is social justice and equality under the law. We must stay above politics, because there are things which are more important waiting ahead of us. That is how to survive, how to help millions of people who are suffering from the Covid pandemic.”

To underline this idea, he points to the country’s apparent success in controlling the Covid-19 virus, saying this is largely due to everyone working together. The PM says if the Thai people can do the same during the current economic challenges, the country will prosper once more.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World


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    Bobby m

    Friday, August 14, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    Zero chance of that happening then, the way Thailand have snubbed the rest of the world.

    Other countries have started their economic recovery, yes most of the world are in recession, but recovery has started and green shoots are visible, sadly not in Thailand because you refuse to accept life has to continue. The virus is not going away and it’s a risk we have to learn to live with and control, the best we can.

    Its a risk like any other. Get on with life.

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    Perceville Smithers

    Friday, August 14, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    I commented in another article a few days ago that there needs to be a diverse team put together to get things going.

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    He wants to help millions of people who are suffering from the covid virus.
    You mean the citizens of Thailand who have no work because tourists are not allowed in, and expats who spend money are being forced to leave?
    You mean the construction that has stopped because investors are considering pulling out?
    It must be because there is hardly a dozen that have the virus, and there has been no deaths for months.
    You want to help. RESIGN! You are causing the suffering.

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